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ARB Newsclips for April 7, 2014. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION Clean-air rule for cargo ships survives Russian challenge. Russia lost its bid this week to delay for years an international agreement to cut air pollution from ships — a rule Southern California regulators are counting on to help the region meet clean-air goals. Container ships, oil tankers, cruise ships and other diesel-powered ocean vessels that visit Los Angeles County ports are the third-largest producer of nitrogen oxide in the region. The pollutant mixes with other emissions to form ozone and fine particles, both linked to a range of illnesses. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20140404-ship-smog-clean-air-rule-for-cargo-ships-survives-russian-challenge.ece Beijing to film building sites in new smog control measure. China's capital Beijing will set up cameras at building sites across the city to monitor how much construction contributes to Beijing's notoriously polluted air, state media said. Air quality in cities is of increasing concern to China's stability-obsessed leaders, anxious to douse potential unrest as a more affluent urban population turns against a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has poisoned much of the country's air, water and soil. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/07/china-environment-idUSL3N0MZ0LZ20140407 Weber State students create pollution tracker. Students at Weber State University say they've found a new and improved way to track air pollution. Instead of getting data from fixed areas in the state, their system can gather information specific to a neighborhood. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Weber-State-students-create-pollution-tracker-5377363.php CLIMATE CHANGE Time running out to meet global warming target - U.N. report. World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows. Government officials and top climate scientists will meet in Berlin from April 7-12 to review the 29-page draft that also estimates the needed shift to low-carbon energies would cost between two and six percent of world output by 2050. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/06/climate-un-idUSL5N0MW3MA20140406 Climate meeting to discuss future of fossil fuels. After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the world can curb the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are overheating the planet. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_UN_CLIMATE_PANEL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED ARTICLES http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/apr/05/climate-meeting-to-discuss-future-of-fossil/#ixzz2yDYgGDGX http://www.insidebayarea.com/AP%20Content/ci_25501776/Climate-meeting-to-discuss-future-of http://www.contracostatimes.com/AP%20Content/ci_25501776/Climate-meeting-to-discuss-future-of UN climate panel chairs call for 'enlightenment'. The head of the United Nations scientific panel on climate change has urged governments to "exercise a high level of enlightenment" in order to bridge their differences over how to stave off the worst global warming scenarios. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri told governments and scientists on Monday that their task at the week-long meeting in Berlin is to agree on a "robust, policy-relevant and informative document" in order to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) by the end of the century. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_UNITED_NATIONS_CLIMATE_PANEL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED ARTICLES http://www.modbee.com/2014/04/07/3279788/un-climate-panel-chairs-call-for.html#storylink=cpy http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/04/07/3864324/un-climate-panel-chairs-call-for.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/un-climate-panel-chairs-call-for-enlightenment/2014/04/07/05417edc-be33-11e3-9ee7-02c1e10a03f0_story.html Marin welcomes Bay Area air quality district plan to control greenhouse gases. Marin environmental leaders applauded the adoption this week by the Bay Area's air pollution board of a 10-point program with goals of reducing Bay Area greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent, developing a regional climate action strategy and creating rules cutting back energy use and pollution. Posted. http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25494364/marin-welcomes-bay-area-air-quality-district-plan Joshua Tree National Park seeks ‘citizen scientists’. Researchers are starting a long-term project to measure the impacts of climate change on the plants and animals in Joshua Tree National Park and are enlisting “citizen scientists” who will participate in the research during a weekend class on Saturday and Sunday. The class will be led by ecologist Cameron Barrows, of UC Riverside’s Center for Conservation Biology, and Josh Hoines, vegetation branch chief at Joshua Tree National Park. Posted. http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2014/04/07/joshua-tree-national-park-seeks-citizen-scientists-climate-change-research-study/7410061/ DROUGHT California drought puzzle: store or conserve more water? There was a time not long ago when much of civilized society considered each drop of river water that reached the ocean a wasted resource. That was before environmentalists pointed out the benefits of the outflow to fish, wildlife and the ocean ecosystem, setting off an ongoing tug-of-war between fishermen and farmers in California that has reached a critical stage this year as the state struggles through a drought. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-drought-puzzle-store-or-conserve-more-5381238.php DIESEL EMISSIONS Regulations on ships' pollution upheld. Russia lost its bid last week to delay for years an international agreement to cut air pollution from ships – a rule Southern California regulators are counting on to help the region meet clean-air goals. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ships-608640-air-pollution.html http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20140404-ship-smog-clean-air-rule-for-cargo-ships-survives-russian-challenge.ece FUELS Cost Among Hurdles Slowing New York City’s Plan to Phase Out Dirty Heating Oil. But three years into a four-year plan to phase out No. 6, barely more than half of the buildings that were burning it have switched to cleaner oil. And of those that have stopped using No. 6, hundreds have switched to No. 4, which though permitted for another 16 years, can be only slightly less noxious, depending on the supplier. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/nyregion/cost-among-hurdles-slowing-new-yorks-plan-to-phase-out-dirty-heating-oil.html?_r=0 FRACKING Declare a California fracking moratorium now. Water is top-of-mind for most Californians. Amid calls for conservation, we have overlooked an obvious step to protect water supplies: stopping extreme oil-extraction techniques such as fracking and well stimulation. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Declare-a-California-fracking-moratorium-now-5380780.php VEHICLES Tesla to Get Fewer Eco Credits as California Tweaks Rules. Tesla Motors Inc., which had its first profitable quarter last year aided by sales of California environmental credits, is to receive fewer for each Model S sold as the state modifies its zero-emission vehicle program. The Palo Alto, California-based carmaker, which sold ZEV credits worth $129.8 million last year to other automakers, will initially qualify for only four credits per car sold in California and states that follow its rules. That’s down from seven per Model S through 2013, according to California’s Air Resources Board, which posted the changes April 3. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-04/tesla-to-get-fewer-eco-credits-as-california-tweaks-rules.html California ARB posts final modifications for ZEV rule on fast refueling/battery exchange for public comment. The staff of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted for public comment current final modifications for the Zero Emission Vehicle Regulation for 15 days. (Earlier post.) Statutorily, depending upon the comments received, ARB staff may either make further modifications and resubmit to Board for further consideration; failing that, the Board will adopt the new regulatory language. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/04/20140405-zev.html California rule change affects Tesla’s eco credits. As the US state with the toughest eco rules starts to modify its zero-emission vehicle program, Tesla Motors could see its sales of California environmental credits affected. Last year the US electric automaker – which has seen a huge boom in its transaction fees for its shares and mostly accounted for its first profitable quarter last year because of sales of the credits earned by its Model S – could loose an important part of its revenue. Posted. http://www.inautonews.com/california-rule-change-affects-teslas-eco-credits#.U0LalIXxd4w GREEN ENERGY San Diego airport adds solar to new terminal. Operators of the San Diego International Airport have struck a 20-year deal to provide its two main terminals with a big dose of solar power and save at least $3 million in electricity costs in the process. The San Diego airport's first solar array should produce enough power to offset 10 percent to 13 percent of energy needs at the two main terminals. Savings will depend on the trajectory of electricity prices, but savings could reach $8 million, according to the project's developers. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/04/san-diego-terminal-solar/ World's Most-Polluting Country Leads in Clean-Energy Investment. Climate Central — Don’t let all those Texas wind farms and massive installations of solar panels in California fool you. The U.S. is not the world leader in clean energy investment. China is. For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. investment of $36.7 billion. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-04/world-s-most-polluting-country-leads-in-clean-energy-investment.html MISCELLANEOUS Calaveras offering disposal of wood, yard waste for free. In an effort to curb smoke pollution from yard waste burning, Calaveras County this month will offer a chance for people to dispose of wood and yard waste for free at three county facilities. The smoke pollution is a classic illustration of how economic, political and environmental problems are linked. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140407/A_NEWS/404070307 SDSU Wins $35,000 Grant for Journalism Experiment ‘What’s in the Air?’ San Diego State University has won a $35,000 grant to test air quality as part of a collaborative journalism project, the Online News Association announced Friday. SDSU’s winning experiment — one of a dozen schools to get such grants — is called “What’s in the Air?” Posted. http://timesofsandiego.com/education/2014/04/04/sdsu-wins-35000-grant-journalism-experiment-whats-air/ EarthTalk: Explaining environmental issues to kids is easier today. Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any tips for explaining global warming and other complex environmental problems to my kids? - Peter Buckley, Pittsburgh, Pa. Kids today may be more eco-savvy than we were at their age, but complex topics like global warming may still mystify them. SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/04/07/3864429/earthtalk-explaining-environmental.html OPINIONS Second Climate Thoughts. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its latest mammoth report last week, and the effort marks an improvement over the IPCC's last such effort in 2007. That may not be saying much, but on climate change intellectual progress of any sort is worth commending. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303532704579477222157281450?KEYWORDS=climate+change&mg=reno64-wsj Viewpoints: Focusing on cleaning up the air. High-pollution countries such as China and India have not always seemed willing to clean up their air, which in turns dampens American enthusiasm for investing in pollution control and responses to climate change. But in fact, people like Manisha Panwar make it clear that China and India have huge incentives to reduce air pollution, including greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/05/6297698/viewpoints-focusing-on-cleaning.html BLOGS California is about to run out of green PHEV HOV lane stickers. The Golden State is very close to running out of stickers that allow plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers to take up precious HOV lane space all on their own, according to Green Car Reports. To add insult to injury, the funds for California's rebates for plug-in vehicle purchases ($2,500 for battery-electric vehicles, $1,500 for plug-in hybrids) may have also dried up. We last looked at the sticker status in mid-March, when about 36,200 green stickers were spoken for. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/california-about-to-run-out-of-green-phev-hov-lane-stickers/ Toyota NA CEO says his excitement for hydrogen sedan is rising. Toyota has an undeniable vested interest in seeing its hydrogen sedan succeed when it goes on sale in the US next year, so it's no surprise that the company's North American CEO, Jim Lentz, says that he's got more hope for the car now than ever before. And if we remember ways that others in the company, like Bob Carter, have loudly sung hydrogen's praises, we have to assume that positivity is running awful high in Torrance. In fact, Lentz said that the US side of the company is far more excited by the H2 car than colleagues in Japan. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/04/toyota-na-ceo-says-his-excitement-for-hydrogen-sedan-rising/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.